- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Western Reflections Pub Co; First Edition edition (June 27, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890437522
- ISBN-13: 978-1890437527
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,358,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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San Juan Solution Paperback – June 27, 2000
The Midwest Book Review wrote of Time Trial, "David and his personal entourage will delight fans with R.E. Derouin's debut novel, which demands a sequel."
Kathryn Retzler of the San Juan Silver Stage added, "... rather than follow a trail of bodies and gory clues - this is a mystery story after all - Derouin's main character, and an odd assortment of secondary players, who burst upon the scene like a tornado, track a trail of historical markers ..."
From the Author
"San Juan Solution" follows "Time Trial" in the David Dean Mystery series. "Skip Case," published later, is a prequel to the story and tells how David and Cynthia first met.
"Mountain Ice," "Dead on the Fourth of July," and "Bail Out," all set in Ouray, Colorado follow.
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Although the B&B is not ready yet for the public, Fred rents the room of David and Cynthia to a guest and his own room to a second guest. However, someone kills their first guest and their second guest expects to be the next victim. Though the cop can leave the police force, police work never leaves the cop and with a little nudging from Fred, David begins to investigate what happened to his guest.
The mystery of SAN JUAN SOLUTION is fun to watch as it unwinds like the mountain paths that the transplanted easterners trek. The lead trio is a hoot, especially Fred and his ability to manipulate everyone and the support cast provides either trouble or local color to the terrific tale. As with the first tale (see the delightfully wacky TIME TRIAL), R.E. Derouin?s novel pays homage to the Colorado Rockies. Readers will feel as if they are hiking the trail along side of David and Cynthia. Mr. Derouin is two for two with both of his Dean novels being outstanding and a ?tri-quel? needed for fans of the series.
Derouin is also an Easterner who moved west, and his love of his new home is so evident in his careful descriptions of the mountains surrounding Ouray that the landscape itself almost becomes part of the plot. All in all, this second David Dean adventure is so lively and intriguing that someday I may have to leave my flatland Florida home and make a visit to Colorado. If I do, however, and someone invites me to take a ride on those winding mountain roads with their breathtaking dropoffs, I'm not going!